Online Design II: Inspiration Log 1-6

Web development Contracts: What to Charge

There are many variables that would go into my decisions concerning what to charge for the designing websites for businesses. The figure would first and foremost depend on if I was constructing the website for the company and being done after that or if I was maintaining their web presence as well. The next step would be to determine the amount of time, design skills, technical skills, and money needed to be put into the project in order to make it functional and effective most importantly. An effective website would be successful in acquiring the targeted audience’s attention while at the same time inspiring action within that audience. The next step would be to determine the type of site being designed for the business or entity.

There are various types of websites including categories such as a starter, premium, business, or enterprise site. These sites may include up to as many web pages as 2, 5, 10, and 25 pages, respectively. The cost for a starter website may look something like $299 for a down payment and $10/month from there on out with a premium page being priced at $599 and $12/month. The web presence for a business model could expect costs of $899 and $15/month while an enterprise site would be priced somewhere around $1,799 and $20/month. However, these are just estimates based on averages throughout the industry and not definite. Additionally, the cost for constructing and maintaining a company’s website would be drastically more expensive per year of maintenance. Simple informational sites could range anywhere from $7,000-$10,000 while mid-size informational sites could expect a range from $11,000-$20,000. Furthermore, the simplest e-commerce websites could rage from a price of $8,000-$15,000 while mid-size e-commerce sites experience a range from $16,000-$40,000.

Lastly, it is quite hard to judge what prices to charge for web designing projects. This is the case because the compensation will drastically change depending on how desperate the business is in need of a site as well as the level of demand for the designer’s unique skill set. One thing is for certain, charging per project instead of per hour will leave you with more money at the end of the day. However, the tricky part of this strategy is getting clients to pay in a timely fashion that does not delay your other projects and aspirations. Down payments can be required in order to partly avoid this issue.

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